Books on my Shelf: Vaca Reads

I was on vacation in Aruba last week (the best!) and I was so happy to have so much time to read. Reading is one of my favorite things ever, especially on vacation.

I got to read so many great books and have some awesome recommendations for your summer reading list!

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Here is exactly what I read, what I thought, in the order that I read them:

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This was a great mystery and suspense read. I’ve read a ton of Lisa Scottoline books and loved them all. This one was different from her crime and mystery books because instead of being about a lawyer, it focuses on a judge. This took barely any time to really get into the story and was all around worth reading. Very suspenseful!

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Sophie Kinsella’s books are always so funny. She has such an easy way of writing and telling a story that I can never put her books down. I loved the characters in this book and the story that developed around them. This book was a little bit predictable – but in a good way. You love what you know is going to happen next and can’t stop reading to ensure that it does. It’s that kind of story.

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Wow. I loved this book. I was a little bit weary of it because it didn’t get amazing reviews on Good Reads. It was reviewed to be more…average. But, I think those reviews were oh-so-wrong. I loved this story and seriously could not put it down! I loved escaping to the Nantucket island where this book took place and getting lost in the minds of the characters. I really loved how it was set in all of their voices rather than just one characters. Definitely a fast paced book and a perfect summer read.

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Nicholas Sparks always writes a good story and this is no exception. I will but a warning that this is an emotional read. It definitely had me going. I don’t want to give up too much – but have tissues nearby! Totally worth reading.

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At first I was really skeptical about this book. The story line of it seemed really weird. But, I have to say it turned out to be an amazing tale. It was even educational and eye-opening. I loved the way the female took on a different and unique role in the novel and thought all of the characters and problems surrounding them were developed really well. This book did a great way of dealing with a real-world issue (that doesn’t get nearly enough attention) in a touching fictional light. I can’t wait to read more Kristin Hannah books!

What have been your favorite reads so far this summer?


Books on My Shelf: Break Reads

Over break, I did some reading and discovered some great books!

First, I read Promise Me by Richard Paul Evans. Oh my goodness – such an amazing story! I literally couldn’t put this down and have thought about how awesome the story was time an time again since finishing it weeks ago.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a feel-good story. Let me warn you though – there is a big twist that will totally shock you!

Next, I read Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman. I can’t say that I was as obsessed with this one as the last, but it was still a good read and it told a great story. It was pretty deep and more of a dense read, but so worth the time! The characters were super developed and I loved how it was set to only take place in the summer time, but still focused on different years. This is a book that shows the power of tragedy and how connections can be tested over time.

The next book I read was I’ll Walk Alone by Mary Higgins Clark. This was a mystery/thriller that I absolutely loved. I was so excited every night to get home and read before bed to see what was going to happen next. This is the first mystery that I’ve ever correctly predicted the end to, but it was definitely a lucky guess since this is not a predictable story at all.

Finally, I read Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella. I know I’ve blogged about her books before, and I definitely loved this one so much! It has the familiar Shopaholic main character in it, Becky, and she gets herself into loads of hilarious trouble. It is a really fast paced book that will never cease surprise you or make you laugh.

I’m so happy with all the great books I read over the break and can’t wait to read even more this semester!

What were your best holiday reads?


Books on My Shelf: Great Mystery Author

I’ve always loved mystery books, ever since my mom introduced me to Nancy Drew books as a child. Thus, I’ve read my fair share of mystery books and novels and loved all of them.

However, until recently, I hadn’t read many mysteries. I had moved towards more of the fiction, romance, and nonfiction genres. But as of late, I’ve been reconnecting with the love I have always possessed for a good mystery.

As I shared with you before, I love the mystery/thriller books that Lisa Scottoline writes. They are so intriguing. In the last month, though, I’ve discovered another author, recommended to me by my parents that has a knack for writing thrillers and mysteries: Harlan Coben.

Coben has a ton of books and I can’t wait to read more of them. One of the most interesting thing about these novels is that they typically include resurfacing events and and like most mystery books, they weave a web of interconnectedness in a roundabout way that you simply would not expect.

I am no detective, but I like that when reading a mystery! Although I certainly try to predict what will happen, I almost never do and it makes it all the more fun to read.

I read Coben’s book Hold Tight a few weeks ago and it was so suspenseful – I couldn’t wait to find out what happened next! I loved how it was centered around a family problem and had so many characters that were involved in some way. Definitely a book I’d recommend to any thriller lover.

If you’re looking for a good mystery that will keep you guessing, look no farther than Coben’s books!


I’m more than aware that I am beyond late on this addiction, but I’m now loving Pretty Little Liars.

 I know, I know. Most people have been obsessed with this show for a while. I know I’m hardly the one to discover this show.

 I mean, I can’t really keep up with TV shows when I’m at school. I barely even know the channels here besides Bravo and E! (my television staples!). Thus, I was never able to get into PLL because I missed the first few episodes and after that I was completely lost.

 So now I’ve started watching it instantly on Netflix (no commercials!) and I Can’t. Stop. Watching.

 It is so suspenseful and really scary! Am I the only one that gets really freaked out by the title sequence?!?

 With that said, I’m finally wondering who the mysterious A is and can’t wait to see what happens next on PPL. Spencer is my favorite, with her over-achiever persona and I have to say I love how she seems to always have a coffee in her hand!

 I don’t think I’ll be able to catch up enough to watch current episodes when they air, since I’m still in the beginning of season one.

 But I’m still enjoying it, even if it causes me to need to sleep with the lights on.

 I’m also thinking of reading the series by Sara Shepard that the books are based on, because I hear they’re really good and different that the TV show, and we all know how I love teen series.


Books on my Shelf: Lisa Scottoline

As you’ve noticed, I love to read. It is one of my favorite things to do to relax and it’s just really fun to be taken away into a story that has nothing to do with your own life.

An author I recently started loving is Lisa Scottoline. My mom and I read many of the same books, and she’s the one that suggested her to me. She has some really scandalous mystery books that keep me on the edge of my seat.

I’m going to be honest, though. Some of these mysteries are downright weird. But that does nothing but intrigue me more!!

Scottoline has many books so I’ve only read some of them. But here are my absolute favorites:

  1. Think Twice – this is by far the freakiest of the bunch that has the weirdest twists but it is so riveting I couldn’t put it down.
  2. Come Home – this is her latest book and it is another with crazy twists and turns all throughout the novel to keep you on your toes. Definitely a great read.
  3. Save Me – this centers around a school fire, so from the beginning there is much to think about. This one another I couldn’t put down.
  4. Look Again – this is the first of Scottoline’s books that I read about a missing child. It is really scandalous and actually makes you think about whether this could happen in real life!

Like I said, Scottoline is a great mystery, thriller writer. Her books are not relatable at all but you need to know what happens and that’s what really draws you in. They’re a great escape from daily life and completely exciting. I am already so excited for her new book Don’t Go to come out in April 2013!